Concert Review: Hellogoodbye, Metric, and Paramore

Thursday, November 21, 2013: The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan

It had been a while since I had listened to Hellogoodbye. So long, in fact, that I hadn’t even checked out the album they released back in 2010, Would It Kill You. Happy to report that they’ve only gotten better.  Lead singer, Forrest Kline, has a great stage presence.  He interacts with the crowd and has some fantastic dance moves which he showcased throughout their set.  Their energy really helped me get amped up for the rest of the night.

And Everything Becomes a Blur
When We First Met
Swear You’re In Love
Here (In Your Arms)
You Don’t
Everything is Debatable

Metric roared onto stage with “Black Sheep”. I’d been trying to see these guys for years and had just never gotten the chance to. It was well worth the wait. They played a compilation of some of their greatest songs from their last two albums. Emily Haines owned the stage for their entire set. I was left wanting more, there is very little that will keep me from attending their next show.

Black Sheep
Youth Without Youth
Help I’m Alive
Synthetica
Breathing Underwater
Sick Muse
Gold Gun Girls
Stadium Love

Excitement isn’t hard to come by during a Paramore concert. I can’t really put words to it but I’m sure everyone who feels something like it when their favorite band comes into town. That jolt you get when you see their coming back. That wait between buying tickets and the show that seems neverending. All leading up to the anticipation of waiting for them to take the stage, energy building until you feel like you’re going to explode. I get it every time I see Paramore.

The people around me were just as excited as I was, bursting into a deafening roar of screams and applause when the curtain finally dropped revealing Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis, and Taylor York standing atop three separate risers. The first verse of “Grow Up” was drowned out by the noise of the crowd before they all joined in on the chorus.

The show was very much what I have come to expect from a Paramore show. There was a great mix of songs off of each album, non-stop energy from the trio, along with some great interactions with the crowd including bringing a fan on stage to help out with “Misery Business”. The stage presence of Williams, York, and Davis would make anyone a fan. They are a force to be reckoned with that clearly appreciate each and every one of their fans, taking the time between songs to make sure that everyone out in the audience knows this. It’s easy to see why they continue to sell out shows and grow their fan base exponentially.

Grow Up
Fast In My Car
That’s What You Get
Decode
Ignorance
Interlude: I’m Not Angry Any More
Now
Daydreaming
When It Rains
Last Hope
Brick By Boring Brick
Interlude: Holiday
Crushcrushcrush
Ain’t It Fun
The Only Exception
In the Mourning / Landslide (Fleetwood Mac Cover)
Pressure
Misery Business
Part II
Interlude: Moving On
Still Into You

 Special thanks to Chris Schwegler for providing the photo above, find more of his amazing concert photos at schwegweb.com.